The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for MPLS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited MPLS over the 3 months to 27 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank - 68 43
Contract jobs citing MPLS 0 4 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham - 0.48% 3.30%
As % of the Communications & Networking category - 3.23% 17.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 14
Median daily rate - £463 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +43.41%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.60 £47.83 £95.00
% change year-on-year -6.76% -49.65%  

MPLS is in the communications and computer networking skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills.

Contract Communications & Computer Network Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for communications and computer networking skills 92 124 138
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 14.49% 14.99% 18.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 62 82 84
Median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.28% +7.69%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £200 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £483 £424
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £365 £340
% change year-on-year +2.73% +7.35%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 10
Median hourly rate £11.50 £12.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.00% -52.83%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.80 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.39 £13.55 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £31.50 £24.00
% change year-on-year -4.76% +31.25%  

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Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing MPLS as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Communications & Networking category.

Job vacancy trend for MPLS in Birmingham

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Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing MPLS in Birmingham.

Contractor daily rate trend for MPLS in Birmingham

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing MPLS in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for MPLS in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, IT contractor jobs citing MPLS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for MPLS.

1 4 (100.00%) WAN
2 3 (75.00%) Cisco
2 3 (75.00%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) LAN
3 2 (50.00%) WLAN
3 2 (50.00%) VLAN
3 2 (50.00%) Network Security
3 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
3 2 (50.00%) OSPF
3 2 (50.00%) BGP
4 1 (25.00%) EIGRP
4 1 (25.00%) Juniper
4 1 (25.00%) CA
4 1 (25.00%) Terminal Services
4 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (25.00%) 802.11
4 1 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (25.00%) Wireless
4 1 (25.00%) Frame Relay
4 1 (25.00%) Electronics
4 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
4 1 (25.00%) Migration
4 1 (25.00%) Replication
4 1 (25.00%) Clustering
4 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
4 1 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 1 (25.00%) CCIE
4 1 (25.00%) CCNP
4 1 (25.00%) CCNA
4 1 (25.00%) CCDA

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Co-occurring IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2007
1 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (25.00%) Exchange Server 2013
1 1 (25.00%) MS Exchange
Cloud Services
1 1 (25.00%) Azure Active Directory
1 1 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (100.00%) WAN
2 3 (75.00%) Firewall
2 3 (75.00%) LAN
3 2 (50.00%) BGP
3 2 (50.00%) Network Security
3 2 (50.00%) OSPF
3 2 (50.00%) VLAN
3 2 (50.00%) WLAN
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco IOS
4 1 (25.00%) Cisco Nexus
4 1 (25.00%) EIGRP
4 1 (25.00%) F5 BIG-IP GTM
4 1 (25.00%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
4 1 (25.00%) Frame Relay
4 1 (25.00%) Junos
4 1 (25.00%) Multicast
4 1 (25.00%) NX-OS
4 1 (25.00%) VPLS
4 1 (25.00%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (25.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Amazon RDS
General
1 1 (25.00%) Electronics
1 1 (25.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Network Engineer
2 1 (25.00%) Active Directory Architect
2 1 (25.00%) Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Architect
2 1 (25.00%) Business Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) LAN/WAN Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Clustering
1 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (25.00%) Data Centre
1 1 (25.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1 (25.00%) Unix
1 1 (25.00%) Windows
1 1 (25.00%) Windows Server
1 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (25.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (25.00%) Business Analysis
1 1 (25.00%) Customer Requirements
1 1 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
1 1 (25.00%) High Availability
1 1 (25.00%) Identity Access Management
1 1 (25.00%) Load Balancing
1 1 (25.00%) Migration
1 1 (25.00%) Network Management
1 1 (25.00%) Presales
1 1 (25.00%) Server Building
1 1 (25.00%) Use Case
1 1 (25.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (25.00%) CCDA
2 1 (25.00%) CCDP
2 1 (25.00%) CCIE
2 1 (25.00%) CCNA
2 1 (25.00%) CCNP
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (25.00%) Degree
System Software
1 1 (25.00%) Active Directory
1 1 (25.00%) Terminal Services
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) Cisco
2 1 (25.00%) AirMagnet
2 1 (25.00%) CA
2 1 (25.00%) F5
2 1 (25.00%) Juniper
2 1 (25.00%) Microsoft